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Poet Gail Thomas Reads from Her New Collection Wed, March 8 at 7 pm


ODD MERCY

Gail Thomas

 Odd Mercy, Gail Thomas's fourth book,  was selected by poet Ellen Bass for the Charlotte Mew Prize and published by Headmistress Press.

Praise for Odd Mercy:

"The centerpiece of Odd Mercy is “The Little Mommy Sonnets,” a crown of sonnets that carries us poignantly through the life and death of the poet’s mother, as well as their complicated bond over time. I was impressed with Gail Thomas’ dedication to craft, her richness of detail... Poetry uses words to convey what is beyond words, to say the unsayable. The last line of Odd Mercy expresses this paradox tenderly as the poet reflects on her mother: “your words/now gibberish, your voice always in my head.”"
—Ellen Bass, Judge of the Charlotte Mew Prize

 

"The stunning centerpiece of Odd Mercy, “The Little Mommy Sonnets” explores a complicated mother/daughter relationship that is turned on its head by dementia. “Did we find each other too late or just in time?” asks the daughter as her mother’s “sharp tongue dissolves” and her own “armor melts.” Beautifully written, heartfelt, generous, and forgiving, all the poems in this collection touched my heart deeply. Gail Thomas is a poet of tremendous talent."
—Lesléa Newman, author of I Carry My Mother

 

Gail Thomas has published four books of poetry, Odd Mercy, Waving Back, No Simple Wilderness: An Elegy for Swift River Valley, and Finding the BearOdd Mercy won the Charlotte Mew Prize and Waving Back was named a Must Read for 2016 by the Massachusetts Center for the Book and awarded Honorary Mention by the New England Book Festival. She lives in Northampton and teaches at Smith.

 

Event date: 
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Broadside Bookshop
Odd Mercy Cover Image
$10.00
ISBN: 9780997914924
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Headmistress Press - November 10th, 2016